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THE MUSIC OF THE MBYÁ GUARANÍ Part I: Luthiers of the Forest

THE MUSIC OF THE MBYÁ GUARANÍ Part I:  Luthiers of the Forest

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Once a nomadic forest people, the Mbyá Guaraní of northern Argentina were forced to settle onto Jesuit “reductions” during the 17′th century to escape the slave trade. There they were introduced not only to Christianity, but to Western music and instruments from the Baroque period. As gifted craftspeople and musicians, the Guaraní quickly learned how to play and build their own instruments. When the Jesuits were eventually expelled from the continent, the Guaraní returned to the forest with their new instruments, songs and culture in tow.


Forest Song Single-Shot Take

Forest Song Single-Shot Take

This is a single-shot take of Mbyá Guaraní music recorded in Aldea Katupyry (San Ignacio, Misiones, Argentina) with voiceover by chief Arturo Duarte speaking about the role of nature and music in the Mbyá community. For more on the music of the Mbyá Guarani, please visit the project page.   Forest Song from Jason Rothe […]


Dan Mangan’s Smorgasbord

Dan Mangan's Smorgasbord

Multimedia coverage of the “Smorgasbord” fundraiser in Vancouver on March 4, 2011 hosted by musician Dan Mangan and End Homelessness Now.


NEI KATU JAJEROJY Single-Shot Take

NEI KATU JAJEROJY Single-Shot Take

Single-shot video of the “band” of Katu-Pyry down by the river Cazador in San Ignacio, Misiones.  To find out more about the music of the Mbyá Guarani, please visit the project page.     NEI KATU JAJEROJY One Shot, Down by the River from Jason Rothe on Vimeo.


Initial Project to Support the Music of the Mbyá Guarani

Initial Project to Support the Music of the Mbyá Guarani

An introductory video on the music of the Mbyá Guarani indigenous living in Misiones province in northern Argentina.


Fuego Y Tambor

Fuego Y Tambor

Fuego y Tambor (Fire and Drum) is a 13-minute documentary video that explores the role of Candombe drumming as an agent of revolution and social unification in the small South American country of Uruguay.


Artist Profile::Nikoberqui

Artist Profile::Nikoberqui

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Nikoberqui is a 27 year-old Argentine musician who’s roots (video interview) are the moist subtropical forests and marsh lakes of Corrientes (map), a province in northeastern Argentina…


The Devil and the Mountain – Audio Slideshow

The Devil and the Mountain - Audio Slideshow

The video below features photos and audio recorded in Potosí, Bolivia. The Devil and the Mountain from Jason Rothe on Vimeo.


Yemanja

Yemanja

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Yemanjá is one of the most revered Orishas, or deities in the Yoruba spiritual order that since ancient times has been adored by millions of Africans…


Peña Electrica and Zizek

Peña Electrica and Zizek

Zizek Club and Peña Electrica at the Konex cultural center in Buenos Aires, March 12, 2010. Performances included Gustavo Santoalalla, Terraplen, Semilla, El G, Tremor, Doña Maria, Chancha Via Circuita, Fauna, Villa Diamante and Peña Criolla.


Zizek Music

Zizek Music

After a successful European tour, the always experimental electronic music label Zizek has returned to Buenos Aires for what promises to be a hot season of parties. Zizek has been making waves in the worldwide electronic music scene for its unique blend of electro beats, Cumbia, Reggaeton and Argentine folk music.

Here are some photos from the homecoming party.